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Raytheon Missile and Radar Played Critical Roles in Satellite Intercept

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) technology played a pivotal role in the Feb. 20 successful intercept of a non-functioning satellite.

The company's Standard Missile-3 was specially modified for this unique operation, performing beyond its intended capabilities to intercept the target 153 miles over the Pacific Ocean. Much engineering and technical expertise went into modifying the software on three SM-3 missiles for this one-time mission. Throughout the process, Raytheon engineers worked closely with their customers to ensure mission success.

At the same time, the Sea-Based X-band radar, designed and built by Raytheon, tracked the satellite prior to the missile engagement and performed the hit assessment afterward. The radar performs the critical functions of cuing, tracking and, discriminating a target. Its homeport is Adak, Alaska, located approximately midway along the Aleutian Islands chain.

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

  Anne Marie Squeo

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Anne Marie Squeo of Raytheon Company, +1-703-284-4295,

Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/

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